SEOUL — Five children suffering from cleft palate were successfully operated on at Chung Ang University Hospital in South Korea earlier this week.
|Doctors of Chung Ang Hospital prepare for the operation - VNS Photo
The operations were part of a charity programme that started in 2009. This year, it was sponsored by Doosan Vina, Chung Ang University Hospital and Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Co Ltd in South Korea.
Professor Bae Tae Hee said he was happy to give needy Vietnamese children back their smiles and guarantee them a "better future".
Luong Thi Ly, mother of one of the children, said she was very happy with the results of the operation, and added that she hoped more Vietnamese children would receive free surgery from Doosan Viet Nam.
One of the children is from the H're ethnic group in the central mountainous province of Quang Ngai. Before the programme was introduced, several babies from the group died due to serious cases of cleft palate that left them unable to eat or drink.
The programme cost US$30,000 including airfares, surgical fees and accommodation, said Le Trang Tinh, manager of Doosan Vina's external relations department.
Since Doosan Vina made a commitment to Quang Ngai Province's People's Committee in May 2009, volunteer doctors from South Korea have visited Viet Nam to perform surgeries as well as treating patients in their own country. — VNS
Surgery has been performed on 44 children suffering from cleft palates and 19 elderly people with cataracts as part of the programme, while free check-ups and medicine has been provided for 5,000 local people.